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#2688 of 4149 Re: 2004 Tribute Troubles [kibbles]
Jan 07, 2005 (3:14 pm)
Yeah we did. Two weeks after I bought the vehicle, we had taken a trip to Vancouver and back, and about a week later I noticed the oil light flickering on and off. That was when they had to replace the engine because they say the oil pump wasn't working at normal operating temperature. After that it's all downhill. Headlights, Coolant reservoir, Power Steering Pump and hoses twice now, rear hatch lift's 3 times now, Rims re-cut and polished due to chipping of clear coat. tie rods, rear wiper motor, sunroof button box due to button not working. Brake pads replaced very early. If you need to replace your brake pads and your sick of the brake dust all over your rims get ceramic pads. They work like a charm.
3 days ago was the last time the power steering hose's broke. It's was -34 C outside with windchill it was -48 C. I wasn't the only one that this has happened to. There was 7 Tribute's at my Mazda Dealer. All with the same problem. There was also a pile of Protege's.
The dealer tells us that it's the cold that brakes the hoses. I said to them that they shouldn't be selling these vehicle's here when the temperature will always get down this low in the Canadian Prairies. They had no response. What else is new.
So all of the above has happened in the span of 2 years. I hope that answers your question
#2689 of 4149 Re: 2002 ESCAPE Engine Failure [tmcgrain]
Jan 08, 2005 (1:52 pm)
sorry to hear about your troubles. if you didn't rant at the service department, maybe they can get ford to provide an 'after warranty adjustment'. they kind of split the cost of the repair with you, but it is discressionary.
#2690 of 4149 Re: Tribute engine starts and dies [tennis]
Jan 08, 2005 (8:12 pm)
I have a similar problem with my 2001 LX 4x4. I live in Minnesota and it only happens when the temperature is near 90 deg. and high humidity. If the car is hot and I park for a few minutes, the ignition will not even crank, as if the security lock is not responding. I usually open the hood, and let the car sit for 10-20 minutes, and then it will start. After experiencing this 6+ times, I think it's related to engine heat that is not dispursed when the car is off.
The dealer has not recreated the problem, because it occurs only when it is very hot and I've driven for an hour or so. Whenever it happens, I call the service dept. and insist they log my call in my car's service records.
I can't offer anything else, but to let you know that even though I've had some problems with my Tribute, I have decided to keep it when the lease is up.
#2691 of 4149 Re: Tribute engine starts and dies [trib2001]
Jan 11, 2005 (6:54 am)
I think the biggest part of your problem is your incompetent dealer. Instead of trying to regenerate the issue, they should start measuring-testing sensors.
This looks like engine coolant temperature sensor to me. It is well known problem for many make and model.
#2692 of 4149 Snowman/tansmission fluid
Jan 11, 2005 (10:57 am)
I thought the same thing because my owner's manual said Mercon, and the actual dipstick in my '01 XLT V6 indicated Mercon V. If this is not correct, then I've been running the wrong stuff for last two (2)flushes. The shop that changed the fluid said they go by whatever is specified on the dipstick. I trust(ed) their judgement.
I suppose if it was wrong the trannie may have cratered by now, but maybe not. In any case, the
Mobil 1 seems to be doing the job o.k.
FYI to All: At 63K my brake booster went nuts, hissing and groaning. Be aware that this may happen with advancing mileage to any car. The diaphragm went bad inside the housing. The dealer wants $172.59, however, my mechanic-buddy will pick one up for $119.00 and I'll install it with him. Rebuilt ones are available from a parts-house for ~$90.00, but there is a core charge of $40.00 until the bad one is brought-in.
It started with a barely audible hiss that my daughter heard, but I didn't (a function of aging). It progressively got worse over a week period, until it was diagnosed by my friend as the problem. If the work was done at a dealer then it would cost ~$260.00+ for parts and labor.
#2693 of 4149 Re: Snowman/tansmission fluid [escapenut]
Jan 11, 2005 (1:36 pm)
I am sorry to tell you but your dipstick is wrong. Ford used wrong dipstick on some of its models. It is well documented issue over the internet.
I've known this transmission from my 97 Mazda 626. Also dipsticks in my 05 Escape and Trib says Mercon. And transmission was not updated since 2001 in terms of oil.
#2694 of 4149 Re: Snowman/tansmission fluid [snowman]
Jan 11, 2005 (1:48 pm)
Ford used wrong dipstick on some of its models...
I can't seem to find a reference to that. Do you have a link?
#2695 of 4149 Programing 2005 Tribute Homelink Auto Dimming Mirror
Jan 11, 2005 (7:37 pm)
Hi folks! I'm trying to find anyone with a 2005 Tribute with the Auto Dimming Mirror with HomeLink. I need to know if the light on the mirror changes color when you press one of the HomeLink buttons or at least blinks when you press the buttons for use or programming. I just got my Trib in December and ordered the Auto Dimming Mirror with Homelink as part of the purchase agreement. I'm now on the second mirror from the dealer and can't even get past the main programming step of holding the two outside buttons for 20 seconds. Nothing happens. Homelink support says that the green light on the mirror should blink red when it's ready to program. Dealer said today after getting the second mirror that the light got "Brighter" when they held to two outside buttons. Got home and can't get either response. If anyone has this option and can tell me what happens when they program the HomeLink buttons it would be sincerely appreciated. At least then I can tell the dealer what it's supposed to do. I think that they have messed up the wiring somehow. Compass and temp display works fine, just no response from the HomeLink side of things. Thanks!
#2696 of 4149 Re: Snowman/tansmission fluid [tidester]
Jan 11, 2005 (7:44 pm)
Sorry, my links are not compatible with Edmunds usage policy. I have tried to help by posting links before but every time my posts were removed.
However, if you focus on Taurus and Escape forums over the internet, you can find it.
Basically there were two types of dipstick issues; one is shorter dipstick (on taurus)which makes you believe your engine has less oil than what it should have...
The second one is dipstick shows wrong oil type (Taurus and early Escapes).Some G3 and G4 Tauruses came with Mercon dipstick that was suppose to be Mercon V. And some escapes came with a dipstick marked with Mercon V instead of Mercon.
Escape tranmissions are modified mazda 626 transmissions (I believe CDNE4 or some thing like that) and they are absolutely not compatible with Mercon V. This can be verified by any Ford dealer.
#2697 of 4149 Re: Snowman/tansmission fluid [snowman]
Jan 11, 2005 (8:02 pm)
Thanks, Snowman. I thought there might be something "official" published either by Ford or an automotive magazine.